Prezi: The PowerPoint Alternative
So often in school and in the business world, we are creatively confined by the tools we use. This is even true in the advertising industry –one defined by out-of-the-box thinking. Sure, Apple’s Keynote can snaz-up a presentation, but it’s still operates on the same linear premise as Microsoft’s Powerpoint. We need something different!
Prezi is a presentation tool that describes itself as “zooming sketches on a digital napkin”. It operates on a visual field that allows the user to navigate swiftly from one image, grouping, or text area to the next. To give you a better taste of the program, I created my own Prezi. (Admittedly, it’s more of a first try than anything else, so check out other popular Prezi examples).
The program was a lot of fun to work with and fairly intuitive. But, it’s not perfect. The functionality with hyperlinks and creating paths is pretty temperamental: It was hard to move around the hyperlinks without opening them and it was hard to create paths over images or text. But like any new tool, it has to work out the kinks. I’m just excited at the prospect of it!
Before you get started, keep these things in mind:
- The free version publishes your Prezis. This means that anyone can find them via search engines or on prezi.com. The only way around this is to upgrade.
- When creating a Prezi there is an option to “allow reuse”. By default this item is checked, so make sure you un-check it if you don’t want your Prezi edited!
Now give it a try! Cheers.